The judicial system also sometimes fails, as a result of which seemingly the most obscene claims are won. By the way, every year the most incredible work is awarded an award - the Stella Prize. Why Stella? Because in 1994, 81-year-old American Stella Liebeck bought a glass of scalding coffee at a McDonald's and accidentally splashed it on her own feet. Women sued $ 2.9 million against McDonald's for too hot coffee in a cup. The case received widespread publicity and eventually gave the name to the prize.
And now the most incredible claims in court worthy of the Stella Prize:
California resident Betty Bullock won a lawsuit against the hated Philip Morris company, whose cigarettes she smoked with pleasure for 47 years. Mrs. Bullock fell ill with lung cancer, and the court ordered Philip Morris to pay her $ 750 thousand in compensation for property damage, $ 100 thousand "for suffering" and $ 28 million in a fine.
Terrence Dixon, from Bristol, Pennsylvania, left the house he had just robbed through the garage. He was unable to open the automatic garage door as it was damaged. He also could not enter back into the house, as the door from the house to the garage slammed shut behind him. He survived on dry dog food and a Pepsi pack. He sued the owner of the house, claiming that the situation caused him an undeserved psychological trauma. The jury awarded him half a million dollars.
A certain lawyer from America, having purchased a box of expensive collectible cigars, insured each of them against all kinds of misfortunes, including fire. He smoked them, of course, and then asked the insurance company to pay out the insurance, claiming that the cigars had died in "a series of small fires." The court found the claim worthy of satisfaction. True, the insurance company appealed and proved that the defendant was guilty of 24 deliberate arson. For each case he was given one year. The lawyer has already served six years out of twenty-four.
Bill and Marsha The Oklahoma-based boykers sued Heinz for $ 180, 000 after they discovered that each bottle of Heinz ketchup was missing 42g.
California resident Betty Bullock won a lawsuit against the hated Philip Morris company, whose cigarettes she smoked with pleasure for 47 years. Mrs Bullock contracted lung cancer and the court ordered Philip Morris to pay her:
$ 750 thousand in compensation for material damage, $ 100 thousand "for suffering" and $ 28 million in the form of a fine.
In 2005, NASA received a lawsuit against the Russian astrologer Marina Bai. The woman demanded $ 200 million in compensation for the fact that the agency upset the natural balance of power in the universe. She argued that NASA, with its launch of the Deep Impact space probe, literally committed a terrorist act. The fact is that the apparatus was supposed to collide with a comet and, after the explosion, take samples of the substance. One of the Moscow courts decided that the case fell under the jurisdiction of Russia, and even hearings were held in this case. But in the end, the claim was rejected.
A resident of the English city of Leeds filed a lawsuit against the city hospital, whose doctors "made" him gay.
During heart surgery, doctors removed a piece of a large vein in the leg to replace a blocked artery near the heart. At the same time, a skin area on which there was a tattoo "I love women" was damaged on the leg. Now at this place the patient reads - "I love men". A young man who is again close to a heart attack is forced to completely exclude shorts from his wardrobe.
The American, who changed his name to Jack Ass in 1997 (jackass means "donkey"), filed a lawsuit against MTV, claiming that his name was being illegally used on the channel's Jackass show.
In 1991, US beer lover Richard Overton sued brewing giant Anheuser-Busch for $ 10, 000. The plaintiff said that no matter how much he drank their Bud beer, the young boys and girls in bikinis featured in the ad never showed up. He accused the company of inaccurate advertising and failure to fulfill its promises.
In 1995, Anna Ayala sued Wendy’s diner in San Jose, California, claiming that she found a severed finger in the sauce. During the investigation, it turned out that the woman put her finger herself. She was given nine years in prison.
In 1999, the parents of 27-year-old Daniel Ducks, who died in a pool with a killer whale at the Orlando Aquarium, filed a lawsuit against the institution, demanding several million dollars for the fact that they advertised a dangerous predator as a cute harmless creature.
In 1999, a Canadian tourist sued Starbucks, claiming that a malfunctioning toilet seat in New York City had injured his penis. As Edwart Skvarek reached for the toilet paper, the seat shifted, clamping his dignity between the seat and the toilet. Skvarek demanded $ 1 million for “permanent damage” to the penis, and his wife Sherri demanded $ 500, 000 for having lost sex.
Merv Grazinski, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has acquired a new 32-foot Winnebago RV. On her first ride home from a University of Oklahoma football game, she pulled the cruise control to 70 mph on the freeway, quietly left the driver's seat and walked to the Winnebago to make herself a sandwich. Not surprisingly, the RV got off the highway, crashed and rolled over.
It is also not surprising that Ms. Grazinski sued Winnebago claiming that the owner's manual did not specify that the driver's seat should not be left while cruise control is on and won $ 1, 750, 000 plus a new motor home.
In 1995, a woman who got drunk at a corporate party and crashed after driving, successfully sued her employer for letting her drive. Linda Hunt, 52, from Ontario, Canada, has sued over $ 300, 000 from Sutton Group Realty Ltd, claiming her boss shouldn't have let her go home.
In Romania, in 2005, a lawsuit was filed against ... God. Prisoner Mircea Pavel, sentenced to 20 years in prison for murder, filed a lawsuit against the Almighty, accusing him of violating the terms of the contract. The plaintiff stated that when he was baptized into Christianity, an agreement was concluded between him and God. According to him, the Almighty, in exchange for payments in the form of prayers, had to protect Mircea from various troubles. The criminal directly accused God of fraud, abuse of trust, corruption and the use of administrative resources. Since the defendant himself lives in heaven, he was to be represented by the Orthodox Church. But the court rejected Paul's claims on the grounds that God is not an object of law and is deprived of a place of residence.